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Riding with a FAT Rear tire

Discussion in 'General' started by montana, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. montana

    montana Active Member

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    Just curious how many of you rode a bike with a fat rear tire before buying your Big Dog. I find that even experienced motorcycle riders have misconceptions about riding with a 280-300 rear. I've only let 2 of my friends ride my Mastiff and they were both surprised at how much more they had to lean in the corners.
     
  2. Blackie

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    rode harleys with 150 tire and homemade with 250...now ride ridgeback with330. With length and rake you HAVE to slow on corners. What suprised me was how rolling at 2-5mph thru parking lots or gravel on uneven surfaces how the bike will try to throw you one way. The radius of the tire combined with the stretch is different for sure....but going 90 down freeway , you can't beat the feeling...handles great then!!
     
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    Shit! I'm still getting used to my 250. Big jump from a Roadglide to this bike. Everythings different. had 25k on the harley and now, 6k on the bd. Love,Love,Love!!!!!!
     
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    Rode 170 to 180 mm back tires for years and then the 330 mm 2008 Ridgeback. It took me one day of riding to be comfortable. After that, it was a piece of cake. Yes, running down the road at 85 to 90 is a dream.:whoop:
     
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    Riding motocross helped to prepare me I believe... Countersteer, hips, and some rear brake can help in turning a 330 RB... Uneven pavement can really grab that 330 and jerk ya but ya have to be prepared for that. All in all, a 330 RB handles quite well for what it is.
     
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    just stress to them that they have to countersteer around the corners and they should be alright . it took me a little while to get used to
     
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    I haven't ever had a big tire bike till I got my k9 it definitly test your riding skills most people don't understand how much it throws your around when going slow.
     
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    For me, never ridden anything but this 8-1/2 foot long '03 Chopper with the 250mm rear tire. I sure get some funny looks when I tell folks that my first scoot was this one; truth be told, don't want anything else and if I were to lose this one to theft or accident, I'd be back out there looking for another one.
     
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    I have a 280 rear. The only time I notice a difference is goin slow. In the twisties my frame rubs and causes more problems than the tire.
     
  10. king scott

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    Have the 300. No experience with anything that big. Just my Harley Heritage which is probably half that size.

    It was weird trying to get used to the tire and rake difference but wasnt a problem after riding awhile. I wouldnt let it scare anybody off from buying one. Just different.
     
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    Funny you should ask. The last motorcycle I owned was my 78 lowrider Shovelhead & I sold it in 82 with the idea that I would get another one shortly. Well..............27 years later I bought the Pitbull. At first I thought I had lost my touch and was a lot older and that was why it was so much more of a handful. Then, I bought my 2011 Street Glide and realized it wasn't me, it was the bike. don't get me wrong, I love my Pitbull, but it's just a fact that it's a handfull with the 250 rear, hardtail and 107 S&S.

    That's why they call them Big Dogs. The saying goes: “If you’re gonna run with the big dogs, you gotta get off the porch…”
     
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    Agree with what has been said. I had a V Rod with a 250 but nothing prepares you for easing around a parking lot hitting an uneven surface with the 330. Better be ready or it could get ugly. Interstates are a dream and better get the counter steering down or corners could be an issue. Love it though :D
     
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    Biggest I had was the 200mm on my '07 softtail....When I first rode my Bulldog I was amazed that even on the freeway at speed going through corners how much the bike wanted to stand up on itself. Found constant feedback through the bars and controlling speed through the corners helped control it. Even at low speed making turns it feels stable - you don't get that falling over feeling.
    Stable as hell going straight!!!
     
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    I go from a 180,200 and 250 regularily. The first time I scraped the frame at 60 on a country road S turn it scared the hell out of me. Other than that the slow speed turns are the only though areas.
     
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    No previous fat tire bikes. Mechanic at the store I bought from told me to scrape pegs or end up in the ditch. it was great advice for the 200 mile ride home that day and I avoided ditches. left peg is now ground off more than an inch back with golfball amount of metal ground off. Right peg is a little less, I guess I lean ore to the left. If you ain't scaping it ain't ridin............
     
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    I rode sport bikes for 11 years before riding on a 280. which caught me way off guard. Now i got my 300 on my Ridgeback, and compared to the 280 it is def different on corners. uneven ridges in the road(which there is tons in ohio) and it took me a good week just to get used to it.
     
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    With years of riding from a trooley trooper (most wont know that 1) to chopper, the only thing i have really noticed is the movent went you get close to an edge of the rode and the payment is not level. Fast hard corners are not for a chopper, i was used to that as i came from a lowered 95 bagger. Pegs and pipes are a warning :)

    I get a little drift/wobble in the corners sometimes at high speed in the front end. Added dyna beads and bike is alot smoother now
     
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    uneven surfaces took a little time to get used too .... it all comes natural now .... I thought the 360mm was FAT now I hear that there is a 390mm :eek:
     
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    I have ridden friends bikes here, and there thru the years but my 05 Ridgeback is my first bike, so I really don't know anything different.
     
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    Crowned country roads will get one's attention on a 330!!!
     

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